Chidambaram Kathirikkai Gothsu / South Indian Brinjal & Lentils Curry

A divine treat for your taste buds – this traditional South Indian side dish from the famous town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is made with brinjal & lentils that pairs perfectly with idli or dosa on your breakfast routine!


Brinjal/eggplants- 4, cut into small cubes
Yellow lentils /moong dal- 1/2 cup
Pearl onions /shallots- 6-8, thinly sliced
Green chilies- 2, slit lengthwise
Tomato- 1, finely chopped
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- A sprig
Asafoetida – A pinch
Tamarind paste – 2 tbsp
Whole dry chilies- 2
Salt- To taste
Water- As needed
Oil- As needed

Method:  In a pressure cooker, add the moong dal along with the chopped onions, green chilies, tomatoes, brinjal cubes, turmeric powder, salt, & enough water.  Cook for 2-3 whistles until the vegetables and the dal is cooked. Remove from flame and keep aside for the pressure to subside.  Heat oil in a small pan. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilies, and asafoetida powder. Let them sizzle a bit.  Open the lid of the pressure cooker, and add 1/2 cup of water if the mixture is too thick. Add the prepared seasoning to the cooked dal mixture.  Add the tamarind paste and simmer for few minutes.  Serve hot as a side dish for idli or dosa.

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